Doncaster Rovers: Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone re-joins on loan

Sam Johnstone
Sam Johnstone

Sam Johnstone has re-joined Doncaster Rovers.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper has returned to the Keepmoat Stadium on loan until January - a deal that represents an excellent transfer coup for the club.

Rovers have been busy trying to tie up a deal for the highly-rated Manchester United stopper, who enjoyed an excellent spell at the Keepmoat last season and became a firm fans’ favourite.

Paul Dickov revealed last week that Jed Steer will return to Aston Villa at the end of his three month loan deal, which ends after Saturday’s clash at Bradford City.

England Under 21 international Johnstone watched Rovers in their recent 3-1 defeat at Fleetwood Town and is thought to have been at the Keepmoat on Saturday to take in the 0-0 draw with MK Dons.

He first arrived at Rovers at the end of the January transfer window as cover for the injured Ross Turnbull.

He went on to make 18 appearances in the relegation run in for Dickov’s men and managed to keep Turnbull out of the side once he returned to fitness.

Rovers’ relegation from the Championship looked to have put paid to their hopes of re-signing the 21-year-old, who spoke publically of his desire for a season-long loan in the second tier.

Johnstone featured for Manchester United during their pre-season tour to the United States but an elbow injury hampered his summer, causing him to miss out on a loan move.

And his hopes of forcing his way into United’s first team plans suffered a blow when Ben Amos and Anders Lindegaard were selected as David De Gea’s understudies by Louis Van Gaal.

He does remain highly rated by Manchester United, as well as the England age group set up.

Shortly before his first loan move to Doncaster he signed a new five year deal with the Old Trafford club.